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Stephen Tulloch, former Lions players to be honored by Gridiron Greats

Posted May 9, 2013

Tulloch will receive the Detroit Lions’ 2012 Ron Kramer Award as the team’s unsung hero at the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame dinner next week

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch led the Lions with 112 tackles and played in every game last year, despite playing through knee tendinitis all season.
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Over his seven-year career, Tulloch has never missed a game since entering the league in 2006.

He’ll receive the Detroit Lions’ 2012 Ron Kramer Award as the team’s unsung hero at the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame dinner next week in Novi.

Tulloch, who’s recorded at least 100 tackles in each of his last four seasons, signed a five-year, $25.5 million deal with the Lions last offseason.

“I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself this year,” Tulloch said last month. “I’m going into year eight. I think it’s my responsibility as a veteran in this league and on this team to bring that leadership and let the other guys follow my lead. Anybody who’s lagging behind, grab their hand and pull them forward.”

Tulloch is just one of a number of Lions who will be honored at the annual dinner.

Former Lions Chris Spielman, Greg Landy, Grady Alderman and Roger Zatkoff will be inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame.

Dean Cook, Rick Volk, George Perles, Mean Joe Greene, George Reed, Jim Marshall and Hugh Campbell will join them as inductees.

Kevin Turner, a former NFL running back now suffering from ALS, is being honored as the Gridiron Greats Man of the Year.

What: Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Dinner

When: May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Tickets: $125 (individual), $1,100 (table of 10)

Contact: gridirongreats.org or 248-444-2241

Ken Dallafior and Ford Field director of sports events Dan Jaroshewich will receive the Tim Pendell Award for community service.

A large contingent of Detroit Lions alumni, including Barry Sanders, Lem Barney, Charlie Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Lomas Brown and many others will be in attendance.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are $125 per individual or $1,100 for a table of 10 and are still available through gridirongreats.org.

The organization is also hosting an autograph signing Saturday, at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. A majority of the honorees will be in attendance.

Proceeds from both events go to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, which benefits former players in need.